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Fiorentina 0-2 Juventus: The Bianconeri Player Ratings

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Juventus picked up a valuable three points in a tough battle against a stingy Fiorentina team by the score of 2-0.

Here are the player ratings for the Bianconeri this evening.

Goalkeeper

Gianluigi Buffon (7.0): A comfortable day for the club legend. Making his 500th Serie A appearance, Gigi didn’t have too much to worry about, but did pull off two key saves to preserve the clean-sheet.

Defenders

Stephan Lichtsteiner (5.5): The Swiss international struggled to get involved in the first half but was solid defensively. However, he received a yellow card for kicking out at Chiesa and was eventually substituted early in the second half.

Medhi Benatia (6.5): A very solid performance from the Moroccan. Dealt with the aerial crosses well and was error free on the day. Another steady showing from him.

Giorgio Chiellini (6.5): Looked a bit awkward at times passing out of the back and almost conceded a penalty which VAR eventually overturned. Despite that, it was business as usual for Chiellini who locked things down after his team took the lead.

Alex Sandro (6.0): The Brazilian wasn’t involved to much in the attack but certainly covered his space well in the defensive half and handled Chiesa in the second 45 minutes of play.

Midfield

Miralem Pjanic (6.0): Although he wasn’t picking apart the opposition defence, Pjanic won plenty of balls in the midfield and was important to Juve’s success.

Sami Khedira (5.5): The German international went missing at times and wasn’t involved in the match much. No mistakes on his end and lasted the whole 90 minutes.

Claudio Marchisio (6.0): Stepping in for the injured Blaise Matuidi, Marchisio battled well in midfield and offered some hustle that did not go unnoticed. Good to see him back in the starting eleven.

Attack

Federico Bernardeschi (7.0/MOTM): Although he wasn’t involved much in the first half, Bernardeschi’s return to Florence was nothing short of dramatic. Scored the winning free kick that propelled Juventus to victory, and pulled off some timely dribbles to keep the play moving forward.

Gonzalo Higuain (6.5): Silenced the hometown crowd with only minutes remaining in the match by beating the offside trap before calmly finishing to Sportiello’s far post. Failed to really get a steady stream of scoring opportunities throughout the match, but got on the scoresheet in the end.

Mario Mandzukic (6.0): Misplaced a decent amount of passes throughout the game, but his defensive work rate did not go unnoticed.  

Substitutes

Andrea Barzagli (6.0): Came on right after Bernardeschi’s goal to help secure the points, and the veteran held down the right side of the defence with ease.

Douglas Costa (6.0): Relieved Marchisio mid-way through the second half and showed his quickness down the right flank, causing some problems for the Fiorentina back line with three successful dribbles.

Rodrigo Bentancur (6.0): Had some good spells of possession after coming on for Bernardeschi. The young Uruguayan did not look out of place in his time on the pitch, and threw his body into a few challenges with two tackles.

 

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